View from the Field: Science Nation with Erich Osterberg in Denali, AK

Sharing information about the research we help support is an exciting part of our role as a National Science Foundation logistics provider, and this time of year, it's difficult to keep up with all the news coming from the field. Fortunately, we have the help of skilled journalists, including Science Nation online magazine, which takes a dynamic, engaging look at the breakthroughs and the possibilities for new NSF-funded discoveries about our planet, our universe and ourselves. Last month the magazine’s correspondent Miles O’Brien traveled to Alaska for a story with researchers in Denali National Park and Preserve, Barrow, and Toolik Field Station.

In Denali, they joined Dr. Erich Osterberg on the Ruth Glacier where he is the principal investigator on a project titled, “Reconstructing Central Alaskan Precipitation Variability and Atmospheric Circulation over the Past Millennium.

From the looks of the pictures they shared, the trip was a resounding success.

Flying into the Ruth Glacier from Talkeetna. All photos courtesy Miles O'Brien.

Tools of the trade: the filming equipment is gathered on a table outside the team's "Mountain House" base camp.

Coming in for landing!  A plane begins the descent onto the Ruth Glacier airstrip. The primary mode of transportation in these mountains is via bush plane.

Kate Tobin of Science Nation films snow pit sampling on the Ruth Ampitheater.

Abi Bradford and Seth Campbell deep in the snow pit gathering samples for density and isotope measurements.

Talkeetna Air Taxi and K2 planes sit on the Ruth Glacier Mountain House landing strip.

Home sweet home: The team's base camp at the Mountain House on the edge of the Ruth Amphitheater.

Miles O'Brien's drone attempts to fly on the Ruth Glacier.

Abi Bradford, Noah Kreutz, Seth Campbell, Karl Kreutz, and Kate Tobin pack up the gear prior to departure.

Miles O'Brien poses for a moment on the Ruth Glacier.